Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Morning Hot Links

Six days until Pitchers and Catchers.

*Marwin's versatility is where his value lies.

*Keith Law released his Top 100 prospects list, and TCB has the list (I let my Insider subscription lapse). Bregman at 19, Francis Martes at 40, A.J. Reed at 44, and Kyle Tucker at 67.

*All four of the full-season minor-league managers will be at Major-League Spring Training, for unity and recognition.

The Astros are also holding a "micro camp" for 10 players on February 26. "Micro" is smaller than "mini," yes? The ten players: Pitchers Mike Hauschild, Tommy Shirley, Michael Freeman, Travis Ballew, Cy Sneed; Catchers Garrett Stubbs and Jamie Ritchie; Infielders Mott Hyde and Nick Tanielu; and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez.

*If you only pick one of these articles to read, make it this one, on 2015 40th Round pick Steve Naemark.

*FanGraphs measured their Depth Charts vs. FANS projections and decided that the Astros could be a scary team.

*USA Today's Ted Berg asks if Jon Singleton is ready for prime time.

*Joel Sherman notes how the Astros have shifted the way baseball values relievers.

*This Illinois columnist is predicting a Mets/Astros World Series.

*Lance McCullers will be at the PetSmart on Wertheimer at Dunvale on Saturday to help with pet adoptions.

*CC Sabathia talked about his decision to go to rehab right before the Wild Card game against the Astros.

*Bossier Parish Community College pitcher Sarah Hudek - believed to be the only woman playing college baseball - got her first win on Wednesday night.